My Everyday Life

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Hey everyone! Today I am going to just share with you what my everyday routine is. It’s messy, disorganized, and sometimes somewhat crazy. My life is pretty busy, so sometimes my day is based around my plans or things I have to go to.

To start my day off, I usually wake up late to be honest. When I do wake up on time, I tend to just lay in bed for like thirty minutes… haha who can relate. ANYWAYS after I finally get up I just get ready for school ( makeup, hair, then take forever to choose an outfit). Then I always do my homework superrrr fast because I always procrastinate doing it until literally the last minute. But hey I always get it done so we are good to go usually.

Then I go to school, which is the most boring part of my day… and no one really wants to hear about that so lets just skip ahead to after school. Getting out of school early everyday truly is a blessing and I have no idea how I am going to adapt to going back all day next year… yikes. When I finish my classes usually I get home and either take a nap, write my blogs and do devos, or go hang out with friends. It really just depends on the day!

I am still reading Sadie Robertson’s book, and it is getting better and better as I keep going. A challenge that she included in it was getting into God’s Word or just having a specific time with God everyday for a hour! I have been doing this and even though I have only been doing it for about a week, I have already learned so much and grown! So you all should do the same. It’s only an hour of your day but I PROMISE that it will truly change your life.

So back to my daily schedule. In the evenings I mostly just chill, read, or hang out with Bryce haha! I love how life is going right now. Even though sometimes things get crazy or messy, I rest in the fact that God is always in control. I don’t usually go to bed until about 11:30 ish because I simply just like staying up late ( but I don’t like how it feels in the morning ) lol so yeah that’s basically my everyday routine! It isn’t really exciting or crazy, but it’s life, and I’m making it through one day at a time.

I hope you all had an excellent day and I want to thank you sooooo much for reading my blog! This morning it reached 5,000 views which makes me super excited! I wouldn’t be able to do it without all of the encouragement some of you give me. Hopefully I will reach my goal of 20,000 by the end of the year, but sometimes I think that we can do even bigger than that. xoxo- Cami

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No One Is Perfect

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On social media, we tend to try to look perfect. We use the perfect filters, caption our pictures with the perfect hashtags, have the funniest tweets… etc. I totally do all of these things! We want everyone else to view our lives as perfect. Like for real in the selfie above I probably spent like ten minutes editing it until it was ” good enough “.

I really am going to strive to change this about myself. I feel like so many of us Christian teens try to appear perfect to everyone else. We all want to look like we have the perfect faith, perfect sermon notes, and perfect verses for our Instagram captions or bio.

BUT here’s the catch… a real faith with Jesus isn’t perfect. So how can we reach others through our social media? By showing that our faith can be messy! It isn’t always easy. Show your lowest points and your highest. Don’t make others want to be just like you. Make others want to be just like Jesus.

We see posts on insta of people’s ” Jesus time ” or cool scriptures. We see tweets or read blogs about God and they have us nodding in agreement. But how often do we truly soak the words in? Do we just double tap, or do we think about what the words truly being preached mean. Apply the words or pictures that inspire you in your real life.

Faith with Jesus Christ is REAL. Sometimes it’s hard or uncomfortable, but it is always in action. So, my challenge to you is to focus more on how you are growing in your faith instead of how you are portraying yourself to others. I know that sometimes I really struggle with this, and I’m sure others do as well.

2 Corinthians 5:6-7

So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

I hope you all had a great Monday, and make sure to get your Jesus time in today! – Camille

Change The World

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My mom and I always have our best talks at the kitchen table about pretty much  anything. Life, drama, or something funny that happened during our day. Our talks always give me things to soak on and pray about.

Today we were talking about my future. What a heavy topic for a sophomore who doesn’t even have her permit haha. Anyways, I just wanted to sort of encourage and inspire you all today.

If you want to change the world, DO IT. People who want to make a difference do it. I feel like God really fuels our souls and gives us passions for a reason. I have been bugging myself with a question that we all need to ask ourselves:
Am I living a life right now that is preparing me for getting out there and changing the world in some way?

I realized today that this month, I have fallen off from my goals. I have just not really been doing a lot of things. I haven’t been blogging as much or getting much schoolwork done. I haven’t been as into God’s Word or trying to improve myself in a Godly way.

February has been pretty tough honestly. It put me in a funk, it got me caught up in everyday life. Everyday life is something that I am actually afraid of because I don’t want to live an ordinary life like everyone else. I want to do things God’s way.

Don’t let anyone determine your future except God. If you think He has big plans for you, go out and see. Be His child and submit to His Will alone. Don’t think like everyone else. Everyone else won’t live a significant life because they are small minded. Think and dream BIG. If you want to go out and travel the World, do it! If you don’t do risky things you’ll always be stuck where you are.

February put a haze over my eyes and today it was lifted. I am now seeing that things need to change right now! So I need to get back to consistently blogging, building new relationships, and living my best life for Christ. March is going to be great, and I already have some big things planned. Hopefully you all will stay tuned and see how it goes!! – Cami

Be Strong

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Hey everyone! I want to take some time tonight to encourage everyone to really be strong in their personal faith. Being strong in your faith is a really important part of being a good Christian. It has been hard to be strong in my faith at times, and gradually getting stronger has helped me get even closer to God and to others in my Worldly relationships.

I feel like I used to be ( and sometimes still am at times ) an extremely weak person. I was not confident in myself or more importantly, in my faith. I didn’t know who I was or what I stood for. Being weak in my faith left me feeling confused, sad, and empty. Being weak made me fall away from my faith and rely on things that were destructive and emotionally damaging.

If you are feeling weak, remember that Christ is our greatest strength. He can refill our empty hearts, and make us our confident selves again. It is so great to serve a God that we can always talk to. Take advantage of this! Not having anyone to talk to about your problems is okay because we always have Jesus.

So instead of continuing to talk about being strong from my own point of view, I am going to list a few verses that y’all can soak on that can inspire and remind you to be a stronger person through Christ!

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Isaiah 40:29

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

So, there are a few verses that hopefully will encourage y’all. ALSO, know that I am not always strong when I need to be. I write about things that I need to work on that I think a lot of others could benefit from. I base my blogs off of my experiences, and I hope that they can be applicable to all of you! Have a great Sunday- Cami 🙂

 

Go Share His Love

Hey guys! So today I wanna talk about mission trips and how they’ve truly impacted my life. Since I was in sixth grade, I have taken a mission trip every summer. They’ve all been pretty close to home, but they have helped me become the person and Christian I am today.

So many young Christian teens have never had the chance to go on mission trips. I want to encourage every single person who follows Christ to take a mission trip sometime in their life. Mission trips are amazing because you can truly focus on God and the reason He sent you wherever you are in the world.

Going on so many mission trips has made me really want to be a missionary. I don’t want to do it for my whole life, but I for sure want to do missions for at least a year. I think it will help my faith so much, and it will give me a chance to touch others lives in a positive way. So in a couple years, you’ll catch me somewhere far away from here for a while 😉

If you have the travel bug like me, or just want to help out others; go on a mission trip! If you’re feeling any tug inside of you that’s telling you to go, do it! God places those feelings in your heart and soul for a reason. Pray about it, and follow His Will. There’s something so beautiful about sharing His love, and missions are just one way to do it.

If you can’t go somewhere halfway across the world, do things in your own community! Oftentimes we think we need to go far away to serve Him, but we can do it in the comfort of our own town too. Today, get out a piece of paper and write down a list of things you can do to improve your community and spread the love of Christ.

Mark 16:15

He said to them, “ Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. “

I’ll be praying for you all, and if you do anything positive this week, text me and tell me what it is! I wanna know how y’all are making an impact!! – Cami 💓

A New Journey

Just love yourself “

“ You’re already skinny you don’t need to lose weight “

“ Just get over it”

Comments like these literally go in one ear and out the other. I want to talk to you guys today about something that really hits home for me and it’s something that I struggle with. That topic is self confidence. I want to start to regain a new sense of self confidence and I hope you all will join me!

Sophomore year has honestly been so rough for me with self image. Mainly my weight. I seriously obsess over it so much that it’s ridiculous. Satan has definitely been using my small insecurities and magnifying them so much. It has taken a toll on my happiness and well being, and it’s been horrible.

It’s so draining to be insecure. Looking in the mirror and thinking you’re fat is the worst feeling ever. No matter how much weight you lose or how many meals you skip, you still will never be content.

Self hate wrestles with every ounce of happiness you have in your body. It ruins beach days, your new skinny jeans, and cute selfies with friends. It puts an ugly blotch on something that could be so simple and joyful. It makes you stop loving ice cream, or McDonald’s chicken nuggets. It is always in the back of your head, telling you that you aren’t enough.

I’m writing about this not because I want to, but because I think I can share my feelings and maybe have it touch someone else. I know it is a super personal thing to talk about, but I can’t brush it under the rug any farther. I really need to turn to scriptures and focus on the love that Christ has for me. I also want to be totally open with y’all all my blog, and I wanna share my struggles too, because I’m not perfect at all!

A verse that has really been helping me in my hard times is 1 Samuel 16:7 which says:

But the Lord said to Samuel, “ Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

This verse really humbles me because it reminds me to not obsess over how much weight I lost this week or how good my eyebrows look. It ensures me that instead of working on my outer appearance constantly, I need to work on my heart first.

Write this verse down on a sticky note and stick it in your car, on your mirror, or put it as your phone background. Put it somewhere so you can see it everyday and be reminded that we don’t need to be insecure because all that matters is our hearts. I hope you all will begin to work on self confidence through Christ like I am, and hopefully we can begin this hard but wonderful journey together! – Cami

Faith In Action

Hey guys! So today I wanna talk about something that has been sticking out to me a lot the past couple weeks, so I’m gonna go with it!

The topic I wanna talk about today is faith in action. I feel like so often we all know all about Christianity and how to be a Christian, but we don’t ever apply it. I’m realizing how it is so easy to talk about our faith, but it is seriously so hard to live it out.

Having a faith that has action means living out your faith! You can live out your faith by first of all using the tools you have to grow as a Christian. This means reading your Bible everyday, praying as much as possible, and basically just being on fire for Jesus!

God doesn’t save us for the good things we do in life. He doesn’t save us because we can recite a passage of scripture. He saves us through faith alone. If we don’t have faith in Christ, everything we do is pointless, and it serves no purpose at all.

The good things that we do with our lives are simply the results of our faith. You don’t gain faith for going on mission trips or attending Wednesday night bible studies. We have to have an authentic love for God. That’s the only way to genuinely have a real faith in Him!

John 3:17

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

So I just want to encourage you all to have a true faith in Jesus. Have determination and really be bold about your faith. Get out there, and spread the love of God. He is the light of the World, and lights weren’t made to be put under a blanket, they were made to SHINE! His love should shine through us like stars in the sky, with nothing dimming its light!

Hopefully y’all survived Monday, have a great week everyone 💓🤗 – Camille

Be BOLD

Hey guys! So I’ve been totally loving Sadie Robertson’s new book… it’s soooo good and I totally would recommend it! Her book is about living fearless, and although I didn’t really think I needed a book about this topic, I still wanted to read it ( mainly because Sadie Robertson is like, the coolest )

So the book is making me realize that I’m a super fearful person! I literally get anxious about the craziest of things. But I’m beginning to become way more bold and outgoing because of the book, and I’m loving it.

I used to be the girl who was scared to walk in a room full of people. I felt like all eyes were on me and that everyone was judging me. I thought that everyone was noticing how awkward I looked, and it seriously held me back so much. I was also super shy. I didn’t talk to anyone and I was really timid in basically every situation. People took this as me being stuck up, which made me even MORE self conscious!

Now I’m becoming the girl who has always been on the inside. The one who invites others over constantly for bible studies and chit chats. The girl who is super random and crazy pretty much all the time. The girl who isn’t afraid to state what’s really on her mind. I’m enjoying being more bold, and hopefully I become even more fearless the older I get.

So my advice to you all is to be bold and confident in who you are on the inside. Don’t be silent just because you’re worried others will think you’re weird or annoying. Be yourself and the right people will come into your life and appreciate who you are.

E P H E S I A N S 3:12

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in Him.

God calls us to live an uncomfortable life. If we aren’t doing things out of our comfort zones, how can we grow as people? Do things that scare you, and see what God does with them. He has a plan and purpose for everything, and we can always have peace in that! I hope you all have an awesome week🤗 – cami 💓

I’m back!

Hey everyone! I know I haven’t blogged this week, so I decided to make a little blog explaining why and what I’ve been up to while I was gone!

So mainly I just wanted to take a little break because in January, I blogged almost every single day. Last week I got to the point where I didn’t really know what to blog about, and I didn’t feel like I was getting any good ideas or motivation. I just took some time to hang out with my friends and think of some new ideas for y’all!

I promise I wouldn’t leave you all for that long, and here I am back at it again. I am going to blog everyday for the rest of February, and I hope you all are as excited about it as I am! I have some awesome things that I am so ready to share on this platform, so stay tuned to check it out.

I have been having a good time off from blogging, mainly because I haven’t had to worry about it so much! It’s nice to just set it aside for a while and live more in the moment. Breaks are good for the soul, and I hope y’all understand that!

I also want to make sure I post good content for everyone, and that what I say is truly what I believe, not just things I write about because I’m out of ideas. It would really help me if you guys gave me some input on what to blog about- it would be much appreciated.

I hope everyone has been doing well the past week! Have a great Sunday, and remember to relax and worship JESUS! – cams 🤗💓

Relationships & Boundaries

Hey y’all! So tonight’s topic was recommended by Kenz 🙂 I also will be talking about this at my next bible study, so I’m excited to be sharing some of my words of wisdom with you!

So first of all, having a good relationship these days is HARD. Like, super hard. As a Christian, it throws in a whole different level of difficulty. I feel like dating is hard because the Bible is very grey about dating! But we have to try our best to follow The Word and walk with God through our relationships.

From being in relationships with literally no boundaries to being in one with a lot of boundaries, you’d think that not having boundaries would be way better. However, this is not the case at all. Not having boundaries left me feeling used, unloved, and like I only mattered for one thing.

Having boundaries makes me feel way more LOVED. This is because you know that the person you’re dating reallyyyyy cares about you. It makes you know that you serve more than one purpose, and that they like you for more than your body or how pretty you are. True love is patient, and if you really love each other you will wait to do things meant for marriage!

Something that I also realized was that it’s okay to mess up. We all make mistakes, and relationships typically can be trial and error at some points. God can make you pure again, I promise! If we ask for His forgiveness we will once again be cleansed by Him.

If you walk close with God, especially in your relationships, and really try to act like Jesus would, I feel like you will have a way easier time following your boundaries. Mostly, just BE GOOD! Because if y’all break up you will for sure regret what happened, I promise!

A relationship should also be intentional. For me personally, I only date people that I can truly see myself marrying. Even though we are all pretty young, this is still important. Don’t just date someone because of their image, date someone for their HEART!

Also, it’s NOT wrong to date in high school! Dating in high school is a really good thing because you can see what you like and don’t like in different boyfriends / girlfriends ( at least that’s what my momma always has told me😉) If you have no dating experience before college or whenever you wanna settle down with someone, you won’t know if you truly like all of their qualities or not! Relationships can teach us soooo much, even at a young age.

So I want to encourage you all to really value your relationships, take them seriously, and set some boundaries! Also, I have another blog post about how to achieve a Godly relationship, and if you wanna learn more about Godly relationships go check it out! I wish you all the best in your relationships, and I hope you all have an excellent week! – Cams 🤗💓

The Ultimate Creator

So today I was thinking about the little things in life that we often take for granted. Things like being barefoot on summer nights, going on walks on a crisp fall day, and laughing while playing board games with our families.

Sometimes the simplest and most insignificant moments are the ones that we tend to remember the most. I think this is because it’s the little moments that add up to our entire lives. It’s the little things in life that make us who we are and show us who we are supposed to be.

I want to encourage y’all today to take some time and search for the little moments that no one else cares to open their eyes to. It will make life so much more meaningful and fulfilling. God places these simple joys in our lives for us to remember that He is the Ultimate Creator, and He is a God of joy and of love.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy the simple pleasures in life is to get outside and just bask in His wonderful creations. Being surrounded by His creation can truly heal the soul. He is such an amazing God, and it’s so amazing that He made so many beautiful sceneries and landscapes for our pleasure.

Psalm 19:1

The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Another simple thing I enjoy in life is being surrounded by friends and family. I love spending time with friends and just having so much fun! I love encouraging my friends and talking with them about life and everything it implies. God created relationships with others in such a beautiful way, and it truly blows my mind everyday.

His hand can be seen in every aspect of life. All we have to do is open our eyes and hearts to see. Have an excellent evening everyone! – Cami 🙂

Mourning

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Hey everyone… so recently a death has occurred and I know that A LOT of people have been effected by it. I want to talk about this not because it is a light, joyful, and easy subject; but I want to talk about it because I want to help others deal with their own ways of mourning. I am not going to really go into the death that occurred because I don’t want to invade on the family’s privacy. I mostly am gearing today’s blog towards my peers at school who are feeling very off and emotional this week because of the sadness death brings.

I think that the situation was so heart wrenching because first of all, I haven’t really experienced death in my life at all. It truly brings on a whole new type of pain. I also am so emotional about it because the same thing could’ve happened to my brother eight years ago. I always thought that if Caleb died I would be okay, and that I would just feel like having an intense heartbreak. However, I realized that death brings different emotions. Death effects so many people, and it is truly so sad. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose an actual family member. My heart and soul goes out to all of you who have lost someone close to you or have been upset this week about the events that have taken place.

Experiencing all of the emotions and sadness this week made me very fearful. It made me want to push everyone away, lay in bed, and turn on some sad music. It made me think about life in a different way and its sorrows. It made me ball my eyes out in Kyla’s car yesterday evening and totally ruin my mascara. Seeing how heart wrenching it was even made me want to never get married, because I realized how hard it would be to lose someone so important to you who you love so deeply.

However, thankfully, Sadie Robertson’s book arrived at my doorstep two evenings ago. Her book ( which is amazing by the way and YES when I finish it I will do a book review on it ) talks about being fearless. God doesn’t want us to be afraid, He wants us to be fearless and have faith. We can’t be afraid of death or hardships, we just have to trust in Him.

So dedicate your life to Christ today. God is LIFE. He will bring us eternal life and we can always rest in that fact. We serve a God who sees every ugly part of us and every flaw and still welcomes us into His kingdom with open arms as long as we reach back and truly want Him as our Savior. He is so good, and His love endures all.

During these rough times, place your hope in Christ and Christ alone. Remember that it is okay to be sad. If you find yourself sad, cry it out and then go pet your dog or have a dance party with your little siblings. Pain comes, but JOY will always return. Sometimes good can come out of the hard times. Pain changes people, but it can make us all closer than ever before.

This world is sad and we are flawed, but it is certainly not our home. Just rest in that fact and remember it! If anyone wants to talk or needs prayed for, as always, reach out to me and I’ll be here to talk. God is good, and He makes all things work together for our good.

– Cami